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The Lady Panthers took care of business early on Saturday, building a 29-4 first-quarter lead to ultimately win, 64-20, over Eminence at home. The victory broke a six-game losing streak for Carroll County, putting its record at 4-15.
Pressure defense and confidence were the keys to success for the Lady Panthers. The Lady Warriors (5-10) struggled with their ball handling, especially against the press, and committed 24 turnovers.
Carroll committed just 10 turnovers and shot 52 percent from the field, 62 percent from 2-point range.
“The girls had confidence; they didn’t hesitate and they shot it,” head coach Paul Stone said. “We lost to Spencer the other night and played just as well, but we didn’t hit any shots. We were hesitating and tonight we didn’t hesitate.”
The Lady Panthers jumped out to an 18-0 lead before Eminence’s Emily Bryant scored with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter. Carroll’s 36-point halftime lead, 43-7, meant the second half was played with a running clock.
Because of the big lead, the Lady Panthers were able to work on executing their set plays, an area that was still in need of improvement.
“We tell them two things, effort and execution wins ballgames,” Stone said. “When you have good effort and you execute on offense and defense, you’re going to win ballgames. It’s not the effort, we play hard, it’s not the effort that’s killing us; it’s the execution of our offense and our defense.”
The team has been emphasizing penetration defense every day in practice recently, Stone said, and he thought the team did a decent job of doing that against Eminence.
The early lead also allowed all of the Lady Panthers to get in some extra playing time, except for Sadie Smith, who re-injured her knee at Trimble County.
Makena Kindoll led all scorers with 18 points. Miranda Groseclose and Kristen “Doodle” Amick also hit double-figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Lauren Moore scored eight points, followed by Kirsten Arvin with six points. Teresa Garrett led the team with five rebounds and scored four points. Kayla Williamson dished out a team-high 10 assists. She, Natalie Bennett and Chasity Burgin scored two points apiece.